At 5:00 am on May 26, 2017, we loaded up the vans and made our way to Point Udall. Point Udall is the eastern-most point of the United States. Since the sun rises on the east, we were the first people to see the sunrise of May 26, 2017 in the United States. As we were watching the sunrise, we ate delicious pastries that were filled with either coconut or guava. Overall, this was a great way to start our last full day in St. Croix.
– Zareena Shafi
This week, I had the pleasure to shadow at the Frederiksted Clinic in St. Croix. There are a variety of services offered at this clinic’s west and north sites, including pediatric, prenatal, dental, and family health care. On Monday and Wednesday afternoon, I shadowed Dr. Matthew who is a pediatric provider. She attends to a variety of patients; we saw four-month-old children up to 12-year-old patients. The majority of children there were for well-check ups, and vaccinations. I especially appreciated the opportunity to shadow Dr. Matthew, due to my interest in following a career path in pediatrics. I enjoyed being able to interact with the patients and their parents/guardians, as well as seeing the relationship between Dr. Matthew and her patients. Wednesday morning I shadowed Dr. Karel, who is an OB/GYN at the clinic. This experience was incredible to be able to attend to pregnant patients receiving prenatal care, from hearing the fetus’s heart rate to observing a fetal non-stress test. Shadowing at these clinics has opened my eyes to the stark differences in availability of resources allotted to the clinics. Vaccinations were hard to come by, and many of the patients required referral to another clinic on the island to receive necessary vaccinations required. The providers that attend to these sites rotate from west to north campuses throughout the week, assessing their patients. Scheduling was booked throughout the day from walk-in to appointments. This was an experience I will surely never forget, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Frederiksted Health Care, West Campus
Frederiksted Health Care, Northshore Campus
Dr. Matthew and I at the Frederiksted Health Clinic, Northshore Campus